The family of the 23-year-old Shahjahanpur law student who had accused former Union minister Chinmayanand of sexual harassment and is currently in jail in an extortion case lodged by the politician, has written to the Supreme Court and Allahabad High Court alleging torture by the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is investigating both the cases.
In the letter, written by the student’s mother, she has alleged that officers were threatening to implicate them in the case.
However, Inspector General Naveen Arora, chief of the SIT, said, “There is no question of harassing them because they are not accused in the case.”
The law student’s brother, too, filed an affidavit in the High Court Tuesday seeking directions for stern action against the SIT officers for allegedly harassing, assaulting and threatening his family members to implicate them in the case. He alleged that the officers were also questioning them on the spy spectacles purportedly used to film the alleged acts of sexual harassment by Chinmayanand. He also requested the court to issue directions on setting up a fresh investigation team to probe the cases.
In her letter dated November 2, addressed to the registrar general of the Supreme Court and the High Court, the girl’s mother said that on November 1 she, along with her husband and son, were summoned for questioning to the SIT office in Shahjahanpur. She alleged that team’s officers threatened her during questioning and asked to avoid making statements to the media.
She alleged, “A woman police officer, during questioning, assaulted me while another officer threatened to implicate us also in the case.”
The law student and three others are lodged in jail, facing a case of allegedly blackmailing and trying to extort Rs 5 crore from Chinmayanand.
In his affidavit, the law student’s brother said his family had earlier raised objections over the “tainted and biased investigation” being carried out by the SIT. He said in the affidavit that it appears that SIT is upset because the family was opposing the bail application of Chinmayanand.
He claimed that his mother suffered injuries but the family could not muster the courage to get a medical examination done as they are under “constant vigil of the SIT.” While the family members did not respond to phone calls Wednesday, their lawyer confirmed that an affidavit had been filed.
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